Imbalanced Guard

Imbalanced Guard
100% chance to Defend with Double Armour
Maximum Damage Reduction for any Damage Type is 50% [1]
Layer only your most vital areas, child. We have less steel, but we are willing to bleed, and that is why we will be victorious.

Imbalanced Guard is a keystone passive skill that doubles your armour value against hits, but caps all damage reduction effects at 50%.


In general, the only damage reduction a character will have is physical damage reduction, either directly or from armour. Transcendence and

Resistances are not considered damage reduction, so Imbalanced Guard will not cap resists. Reduced/less damage taken modifiers also don't count against the maximum damage reduction.

Doryani's Prototype inventory icon.png Doryani's PrototypeDoryani's Prototype
Saint's Hauberk
Quality: +20%
Armour: (1196-1417)
Energy Shield: (197-233)
Movement Speed: -5%
Requires Level 67, 109 Str, 94 Int(150-200)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(60-90) to maximum Life
Deal no Non-Lightning Damage
Armour also applies to Lightning Damage taken from Hits
Lightning Resistance does not affect Lightning Damage taken
Nearby Enemies have Lightning Resistance equal to yours
"This was the first step in some grand design,
lost to the ages, now ours to decipher."
- Dominus, High Templar
Doryani's Prototype inventory icon.png
apply armour to elemental damage, in which case both the double armour and reduction cap will apply.


Imbalanced Guard is located at the middle layer of the southwest part of the tree, to the left of the transition path between Duelist and Marauder, next to the Soul of Steel cluster.

Class Distance from start
Marauder 9
Duelist 10
Scion 14
Templar 16
Ranger 18
Shadow 24
Witch 24

Version history

Version Changes
  • Fixed a bug where the Skin of the Lords inventory icon.png Skin of the LordsSkin of the Lords
    Simple Robe
    Quality: +20%
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
    Sockets cannot be modified
    +1 to Level of Socketed Gems
    100% increased Global Defences
    You can only Socket Corrupted Gems in this item
    Item has 6 Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
    <Random Keystone>
    The Lords are chosen so carefully.
    Only they may grace His flesh.
    Skin of the Lords inventory icon.png
    unique Simple Robe granted a Keystone named "Sacred Bastion". This keystone is meant to be named Imbalanced Guard (as seen on the passive skill tree).
  • Introduced to the game.
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